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Walker Review 2021 Tv Show Series Season Cast Crew Online
Creator: Anna Fricke
Stars: Jared Padalecki, Lindsey Morgan, Keegan Allen
CW’s reimagination of Walker Texas Ranger is simply entitled Walker because, well, it’s not just about one fisticuffs guy. It’s about the entire Walker family.
The kick to revive the series which Chuck Norris made famous from 1993-2001 stemmed from Supernatural actor Jared Padalecki, who is also an EP on the new series along with Dan Lin and Lindsay Liberatore.
“Jared for some reason wanted to go back to work,” said showrunner Anna Fricke at the CW virtual panel for the show this AM, which airs on Thursday Jan. 21 at 8PM ET/PT, “We sat down and talked about the character, and it’s a departure from the original show, and its own version.”
In the new Walker, our protagonist Cordell Walker (Paladecki) gets a female partner, Micki Ramirez (The 100’s Lindsey Morgan), who he finds unexpected common ground with, while growing increasingly suspicious about the details surrounding his wife’s death. Cordell is a widower and father of two with his own moral code who returns home to Austin after being undercover for two years, only to discover there’s harder work to be done at home. He attempts to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son (Kale Culley) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter (Violet Brinson) and navigate clashes with his family – an ADA brother (Keegan Allen) who stepped in during Walker’s absence, his perceptive mother (Molly Hagen) and his traditional rancher father (Mitch Pileggi). Walker’s former colleague is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell).
“A few years back when there were a lot of humans being coming from South of the American border into America, our society seemed to want to put people in cages and separate families; I read a story about a law enforcement agent who couldn’t bring themselves to put a three-year old in a cage and take them away from their parents. They said something along the lines of that they had a three-year old, they couldn’t bring themselves to do it. And that empathy and that emotion struck me as something as the evitable stuck in between a rock and a hard place, but you’re bound by duty, but you still have a moral code and you see people as human beings, not perpetrators or heroes. And so we started talking about how interesting it would be to see that story told. Where someone is a proud government worker for law enforcement, and still thinks to themselves that there might be a better way; these laws are old and not nuanced. Anna and I talk about the edge of the coin. They say that there’s two sides to a coin, but there’s also a third side of the coin, the edge. So where is that where someone is bound by their duty and by their sense of safety, and helping others, but also a family man and their friends and where does that meet,” explained Paladecki about his musings for the reboot.
“We talked about wanting to pose questions instead of proselytize our beliefs and forces answers down our viewers’ throats,” said Paladecki.
While Paladecki considered taking a break after Supernatural, what made Walker attractive was that it was shot near his home in Austin, Texas.
The question was raised at today’s panel, which also included cast members Morgan, Bell, Pileggi, Keegan Allen, Molly Hagan, Jeff Pierre, Violet Brinson, Kale Culley and Genevieve Padalecki, of how a law enforcement series walks the line in telling a story, especially when it’s come under a lot of heat for perpetuating systemic racism.
Fricke answered “that question is at the forefront of our mind every day” in the Zoom writers’ room.
“Me, the writers, and the cast were weary of the position we were in, in terms of telling this story. And now I feel grateful, because we have a platform to explore the story correctly, to be thoughtful. We have been given a chance to examine things,” adds Fricke.